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Salas 7th September 2016 12:48 PM

Salas DCG3 preamp (line & headphone)
 
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Hi all, this thread is about a JFET & MOSFET preamp I am cooking for sometime now. Its two stage single ended Class A circuit.
It was developed on the bench involving much experimentation with topology and a range of active parts. Simulations came second.

Some speakers are insensitive, some amps also, or a source is relatively low output like a phono stage. So a line preamp with gain is good to have.

Its named DCG3 because it has DC servo and three MOSFETS. Its standard gain setting is also times three.

The main schematic is attached* Click for circuit description

Some THD plots when driving 1.5kOhm line input and various headphones are also attached.

*(12 Oct 2016 updated and build guide/bom pdf added)

erratum: C6,C7 should read 4x in the BOM. J3 in preamp's schematic is named Q5 on the actual board.

About J3/Q5 possible IDSS tolerances and a matching R3 value read post#452

Salas 7th September 2016 02:26 PM

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Some pictures

There is also a simple series DC stabilizer I designed for it

merlin el mago 7th September 2016 02:34 PM

Subscribed!!!!!!

merlin el mago 7th September 2016 02:39 PM

Is suitable for high impedance headphones?
What are the rail voltages?
Power consumption?
Etc....

Salas 7th September 2016 02:45 PM

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Beta build samples by friends. Thanks for the good early feedback to Michael V and Tham C especially. :up:

And clips by Tea tampering away in his basement following no particular order of instructions :D
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSQSrmGxBAY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URX2...ature=youtu.be

merlin el mago 7th September 2016 02:49 PM

What are these lights at the psu?

Salas 7th September 2016 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by merlin el mago (https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/analog-line-level/296406-salas-dcg3-preamp-line-headphone-post4823318.html#post4823318)
Is suitable for high impedance headphones?
What are the rail voltages?
Power consumption?
Etc....

Of course. Sennheiser HD40 you see measurement for is 600 Ohm for instance. Its an old insensitive for SPL headphone I got. Those measurements were done like in the O2 tests to can have perspective. It was loud enough with gain 3X but you can go 4X. 1.5K R6 will do that. With AKG K612 PRO 120 Ohm its very loud at 3X and hiss is absent.

Rail is +/- 17.3V. DC power consumption about 7W for two channels (when with 100mA output stage bias)

merlin el mago 7th September 2016 03:05 PM

What about the SQ?

Salas 7th September 2016 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by merlin el mago (https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/analog-line-level/296406-salas-dcg3-preamp-line-headphone-post4823330.html#post4823330)
What are these lights at the psu?

Bargraph Leds. No need to match Vref Leds for DCG3 because it does not care about exact same +/- rails. Bar Led packs are compact, straightforward to solder, looking great.

merlin el mago 7th September 2016 03:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Salas (https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/analog-line-level/296406-salas-dcg3-preamp-line-headphone-post4823352.html#post4823352)
Bargraph Leds. No need to match Vref Leds for DCG3 because it does not care about exact same +/- rails. Bar Led packs are compact, straightforward to solder, looking great.

Thanks.


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